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Issue #249 roars onto shelves with previews of some of the biggest racing games of the year, including GRID Autosport, Mario Kart 8 and The Crew. We also review Child of Light, The Elder Scrolls Online, Trials Fusion and more.

How to sell out…

July 25th, 2014

A history of videogame launch titles
 
Now that the three next-gen consoles have launched worldwide and have sold through their launch window, MIKOLAI takes a look back at the history of console launches.
 
Back in 1993 EA founder Trip Hawkins was spruiking a new console set to revolutionise the industry. The 3DO was years ahead of the curve, offering an integrated multi-media system alongside 32bit technology probably stolen from a Terminator.
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July 24th, 2014

The remake of RoboCop is a very different movie from the Paul Verhoeven original, but this doesn’t make it at all inferior. It’s a modern take on the same concept, integrating ideas of media control, product placement and drone warfare, as well as the essential body horror of being transformed into a cyborg.
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Win>> The Lego Movie on BD

July 24th, 2014

One of the funniest films in recent memory, The LEGO Movie is pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on even the most curmudgeonly of faces – hell, even Wilks managed to move the corners of his mouth in response to the antics of Emmet, an average, rule following minifig mistaken by daredevil hero and master builder Wildstyle as the most important person on the planet. Along with Batman, voiced hilariously by Will Arnett, and a number of instantly recognisable minifigs, Emmet and Wildstyle battle to save the LEGO world from the evil Lord Business. Thanks to Warner Bros. we have 10 copies of the film on BD to give away.
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Hyper PixelCast 011

July 17th, 2014

Recorded on the same day as some important World Cup related thing happened, the eleventh Hyper podcast features several lively panellists and one happy enough, but very tired, Germany supporting host. Fortunately, then, the conversation largely carried itself once it got warmed up.

This would make sense, seeing as the crew (Tim, Justin, James and Matt) had Dave Callan, comedian and Good Game dancer, there to help a conversation topic about comedy games really move along. And move along it did. Somehow, even jokes about Sonic the Hedgehog managed to get pushed perhaps just a little bit too far. It’s a slightly longer episode than usual, but we’re inclined to say that it’s very worthy of the time it demands.

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Games: X-Com, Wildstar, Sniper Elite 3
Music: Object of Desire (by Ninja Sex Party)
Theme Music: Visitors from Dreams (by Mathieu Stempell Dma-Sc)
Dave’s beard stroked by Tim for what must have been at least half the show

Ninja Sex Party’s YouTube channel

A pretty amazing Leisure Suit Larry playthrough

Dave Callan on Twitter

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The Medium and the Message

July 15th, 2014

Videogame preservation is a funny thing.

Matthew Hall almost lost all his earliest videogames to a death by tape decay. Hall, an Australian game developer, made his earliest games as a pre-teen on a Commodore 64 in the mid 1980s, and recently rediscovered the tapes—yes, the tapes—that they were stored on.
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Hyper PixelCast 010

July 3rd, 2014

Things are a little bit different this time around. A little bit different and a whole lot more formal. Thanks to a bunch of Twitter ravings by a certain David ‘Raygun Brown’ Rayfield, what we have ended up with here is something of a formal debate. The topic? Quite simple, really – two teams are arguing over whether Watchdogs or GTA5 is the better game.

As such, there’s a whole slew of people on board this time around. Jason Imms takes the host chair; David Rayfield, James Pinnell, Matthew Hewson and James O’Connor do the debating; and Daniel Wilks, Nathan Cocks and Tim Colwill fill the judges chair and also round out the most densely-packed gathering of straight white men seen anywhere on the internet that isn’t an angry comments section to a feminist video.

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Games: Err… Watch Dogs and GTA, I guess
Music: Ryu for Two Pianos (by Reuben Kee)
Theme Music: Visitors from Dreams (by Mathieu Stempell Dma-Sc)
Tim’s hair braided by Jason’s shockingly slender fingers

A mad man’s Twitter account. Maybe you should check it out?

Games on Net. Maybe you should check it out, too?

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Tears in the Rain

June 20th, 2014

This is what it sounds like when koalas cry

And so we have yet another videogame censorship controversy in Australia.

>> Dan Golding regularly probes for the respect he deserves.
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Hyper PixelCast 009

June 19th, 2014

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks, and Tim steps back up to the hosting chair with a full plate in front of him. In fact, the plate is so full that it almost compared to that ridiculous bowl of ramen that he ate the day before. Seriously, forget any other land mass – that thing was huge even by American standards.

For this fortnight’s show, he is joined by the likes of the multi-talent writing masters David Rayfield and Katie Williams, as well as Hyper stalwart James O’Connor, who was fresh-faced (in a bleary-eyed, unshaven kind of a way) back from his adventures at E3. Not surprisingly, the crew spends a while talking about that.

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Games: Destiny (alpha), The Forest, Mario Kart 8
Music: Ocean Redux 2 (by Zelda Reorchestrated)
Theme Music: Visitors from Dreams (by Mathieu Stempell Dma-Sc)
James’ blurred features courtesy of bargain-basement webcams, probably

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GOING PC DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SCARY

June 12th, 2014

Buying your first gaming PC can be daunting – but if DAVE KOZICKI can do it, so can you
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Real Guns, Real Pain, Real Game

June 6th, 2014

“Are you ready to kill?”
“Yes, sergeant!”
“Are you ready to fuck some shit up?!”
“YES SERGEANT!”
”Out-fucking-standing!” He slaps a button on the wall. The lights dim, an alarm sounds, the doors open and our hearts race. Our squad of six files out into the research facility to discover the fate of our missing Alpha Team, and determine exactly what went wrong in this lab – not that we don’t already know. It’s zombies, of course. We’ve all played these games before.
Michael Irving gets his hands (arms, legs and belly) on Australia’s most advanced real-life videogame
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